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Cooke's elbow is costly to Penguins -- and Sabres

No help for the Sabres in Pittsburgh today as the Penguins gave up four third-period goals and lost to the Rangers, 5-2. So New York has 82 points, four ahead of the Sabres as Buffalo has two games in hand heading into the 5 p.m. faceoff against Nashville.

The big story coming from Consol Energy Center, however, concerns Penguins agitator Matt Cooke, who took an incredibly foolish major for elbowing early in the third period with his team in a 2-1 lead that turned around the game. What is hypocritical Pens owner Mario Lemieux going to say about this one? He said teams should be held responsible for their players' actions after the schmaltz last month on Long Island and as part of last week's GM meetings proposed a system of team fines.

Based on Cooke's latest indiscretion, I think Lemieux should either start writing checks or do the right thing and release one of the league's dirtiest players if he wants to make a statement on head shots. Lemieux should also shut his mouth about any other team in the league as long as he employs Mr. Cooke.

Here's the video of the play and then vote in our poll for what penalty Cooke will get.

---Mike Harrington
(www.twitter.com/bnharrington) 

 

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

@BNHarrington | mharrington@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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